Choosing the best windows for your home shouldn’t be a big challenge. The style you select should match or complement the architectural style of your house. Your windows play a significant role in maintaining the overall look and feel and improve the curb appeal. Picking the wrong style can have an adverse effect, ruining the exterior design of your property.
This gives some homeowners pause when it comes to purchasing replacement windows in styles that may be different than the current windows they have installed. While mixing and matching different window styles is something that many homeowners decide on to beautify their homes, it’s not something you want to do without some careful forethought and delicate planning.
Ask most window dealers about combining styles and many of them will say that it may not be the best way to go and that can be true many homes out there. That’s because some window styles just weren’t intended to be installed together in the same home.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t put in traditional double hung windows with another style you might already have installed, say casement windows. You just need to think about the windows you’re putting in and if you intend to mix and match them with different styles that are already installed or if you are going to purchase and have your contractor put in a mix of multiple styles at once.
So, let’s take a look at all the factors you should consider as you think about mixing and matching different window styles for your home:
Think About Why You Want Different Window Styles
All windows are the same, right? Absolutely not. Sure, they all serve the same overall purpose, to let you see outside and make your home look good while doing it. But since there are so many different window styles that come with varying functionality, features, and sizes, you want to think about which style of window works best for the intended purpose you want to fulfill.
What do we mean when we refer to “purpose”? Homeowners expect their windows to serve a myriad of purposes and there are many window types to satisfy these expectations. For example, a homeowner may want their home to gain more natural sunlight throughout the day. That’s going to require a window style that is designed to incorporate a larger amount of glass over a wider area of exposure. You might decide on having bay windows or bow windows installed to achieve these goals.
Perhaps it’s more air flow you are seeking. An increase in your home’s ventilation so you can enjoy a nice breeze from time to time might have you installing any number of window styles. You could go with casement windows, double-hung, or even awning windows. All of these work to direct robust air flow through any room.
You might be concerned about keeping your windows from interfering with your living space. That may require the use of sliding windows instead of those that open and close on a hinge. If so, you may want to consider single or double-hung windows or some other sliding alternative where the windows glide along a frame.
Last but not least, there is the consideration for cleaning and maintenance. If you don’t want windows that are going to take up a lot of time and effort to keep in peak condition, then you need to have something like a double-hung window installed as they tilt in so you can reach the exterior of the window without having to climb up on a ladder to get the job done.
Matching the Window to The Room
Some rooms will do best with certain types of window styles. Think about what each room means to you and how you plan to use that room in your home. A bedroom has different purposes than a living room and, therefore, you may need a different window style.
A living room is often a much larger room than the bedroom and its position on the first floor of the home means you want to install a window that has a wider area allowing for an unhindered view on the outdoors. Bay windows are often best to serve this purpose, whereas a bathroom needs more privacy yet you may want to introduce greater air ventilation to cool things off with a nice breeze once you’ve stepped out of the shower or bath.
Think about the room where you want to install a window, then consider what you expect to enjoy about this room and, finally, match a window style to best help you get the most from that room.